GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 5870 vs 660 among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

6.5

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660  based on its benchmarks, compute performance and noise and power.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 5870

Reasons to consider the
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Better floating-point performance 2,800 GFLOPS vs 1,896.2 GFLOPS Around 50% better floating-point performance
Slightly higher pixel rate 28 GPixel/s vs 19.75 GPixel/s More than 40% higher pixel rate
More shading units 1,600 vs 1,152 448 more shading units
Front view of GeForce GTX 660

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Better PassMark score 4,121 vs 2,606 Around 60% better PassMark score
Better 3DMark06 score 18,060 vs 14,380 More than 25% better 3DMark06 score
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 25,130 vs 20,160 Around 25% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
More memory 2,048 MB vs 1,024 MB 2x more memory
Better 3DMark 11 graphics score 6,850 vs 4,390 More than 55% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Slightly higher memory bandwidth 179.2 GB/s vs 160 GB/s More than 10% higher memory bandwidth
Slightly higher effective memory clock speed 5,600 MHz vs 5,000 MHz More than 10% higher effective memory clock speed
Better fire strike factor score 44.27 vs 31.94 Around 40% better fire strike factor score
Slightly more texture mapping units 96 vs 80 16 more texture mapping units
Better face detection score 30.96 mPixels/s vs 17.34 mPixels/s Around 80% better face detection score
Higher memory clock speed 1,400 MHz vs 1,250 MHz More than 10% higher memory clock speed
Slightly better PassMark direct compute score 1,948 vs 1,401 Around 40% better PassMark direct compute score
Lower TDP 130W vs 188W More than 30% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 5870 vs GeForce GTX 660

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
128.65 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 660
61.74 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
17.34 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 660
30.96 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
981.6 frames/s
GeForce GTX 660
727.04 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
3,354.97
GeForce GTX 660
3,342.27

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
3,712.06
GeForce GTX 660
3,711.2

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 5870  vs GeForce GTX 660 

8.8
9.0
The game has been tuned to run well on most computer systems to let as many players as possible experience the game.
GeForce GTX 660

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